Product Type: Collection 2000 makeup
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Collection 2000 French Manicure Nail Polish
Member Name: rosebud2001
Collection 2000 French Manicure Nail Polish
Date: 26/11/09, updated on 27/11/09 (119 review reads)
Advantages: Inexpensive, several different colours in French Manicure range
Disadvantages: Colour that is inconsistent, poor consistency, poor end result
When I suggested dooyoo add the Collection 2000 French Nail Polish to their catalogue, it had been my intention to write a glowing review of the product.
I have been using this nail polish for several years now, and one of the reasons I liked it so much was because it went on well, gave excellent results and was hard wearing.
Collection 2000 are a cheap make-up brand, but I believe they are not to be dismissed without at least a look. They do excellent lipsticks in my opinion, and my daughter loves their Hot Looks Nail Polish and their blusher.
For years I was a nail biter, but when I finally quit the habit four years ago, I decided I really wanted to start wearing nail polish to help strengthen my weakened nails from everyday life.
I am not, however, a fan of brightly coloured nails, because I struggle to apply nail polish and I personally prefer a more natural look. As a result I was drawn to French Manicures, but preferred the more natural look of just applying the pink polish and leaving the white tips "au naturale" so to speak.
I chose the Collection 2000 French Pink because it was reasonably cheap, coming in around the £2.70 mark, and told me it had added Ceramic for additional strength.
The nail polish comes in a 12 ml bottle and the brush is fairly decent at applying the polish. The polish doesn't smell overly chemical, unlike some nail polishes, and dries in around 5 minutes. You need to wear two coats of this and I recommend a base coat underneath.
Collection 2000 also do French White for your tips, and you can ring the changes from French Pink using either French Rose or French Ivory in their French Manicure range.
What I really liked about this polish in the past was how smoothly it went on and how subtle the colour was - it gave your nails a little boost without making the colour of them look artificial. Durability was excellent - whilst I would disagree with the 5 day wear claim on the bottle, you could certainly get 3 days wear before the polish would start to chip.
A few weeks ago I was on the verge of running out of my polish so I picked up another bottle when I was in Morrisons.
It wasn't until I got the bottle home and put it beside the already opened one that I noticed the colour looked slightly different. As a result, I decided I would use the new bottle when I next did my nails, and it was then that I realised my love affair with this polish is sadly coming to an end.
In the past, application of the Collection 2000 polish was easy - it went on smoothly and there were no obvious brushstrokes on your nails.
Using the new bottle however was a completely different experience - I struggled with the brush to apply the polish smoothly but it just didn't seem to want to go on as it should and the end result after two coats was, to be frank, awful - there was no smoothness despite application of a base coat and the brush strokes were all too evident.
The colour is more dense than it was in the past too, meaning the nice natural looking shine I had been able to get with the polish has gone, to be replaced with a very fake looking pink which I have to say I am not particularly fond of.
I am also noticing the polish is chipping far sooner than it did in the past, so clearly Collection 2000 have changed the formula for this nail polish and haven't said so. And this may well be my imagination but the polish feels softer on my nails now - whereas in the past I really could feel a tough ceramic polish on them, protecting my nails.
I have noticed that the old bottle I have is marked "Made in England" whilst the new, inferior one, is made in Taiwan. I can only surmise something was lost in translation when production was shifted to Taiwan because the product is completely different now, and not in a good way either with consistency, colour, application and end result all now being far inferior.
So sadly I have gone from planning to write a review singing the praises of this nail polish to having to tell you that it's actually now no longer any good, and I shall sadly have to look elsewhere now for a natural but hard wearing and easy to apply French Pink nail polish.
Summary: Sadly Collection 2000 have gone from hero to zero with this product